Six Nations 2020: Mako Vunipola to play for Saracens… despite being ruled OUT for England over coronavirus fears – The Sun03/06/2020
MAKO VUNIPOLA starts for Saracens today — despite being exiled from England’s camp over fears he could have the coronavirus.
Prop Vunipola plays against Leicester Tigers at Allianz Park, having flown back via virus-hit Hong Kong after visiting family in Tonga last weekend.
Red Rose medics told boss Eddie Jones it would be best if Vunipola, 29, did not join up with the camp to play against Wales at Twickenham.
However, with UK Government guidelines advising that only people showing symptoms of the disease need to self- isolate, Vunipola was cleared to play for
Sarries because he was not sick.
Vunipola poked fun at the situation this week when he posted on Instagram a photo of himself wearing a face mask.
With the coronavirus derailing England’s game in Italy next week, the Six Nations could be set to drag on until the autumn.
In 2001, the foot and mouth outbreak meant that games were not finished until September and October.
France lead the Six Nations with three wins from three but, as it stands, the calendar is already jam-packed.
Italy also have to squeeze in their postponed trip to Ireland as well as hosting England.
Wales travel to Twickenham on Saturday with England looking to go top of the Six Nations table before France travel to Murrayfield to take on Scotland on Sunday.
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